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The Sound of Music (1965)

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A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

George Hurdalek (with the partial use of ideas by) (as Georg Hurdalek), Howard Lindsay (from the stage musical book by) | 2 more credits »
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Won 5 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Maria
Christopher Plummer ... Captain Von Trapp
Eleanor Parker ... The Baroness
Richard Haydn ... Max Detweiler
Peggy Wood ... Mother Abbess
Charmian Carr ... Liesl
Heather Menzies-Urich ... Louisa (as Heather Menzies)
Nicholas Hammond ... Friedrich
Duane Chase ... Kurt
Angela Cartwright ... Brigitta
Debbie Turner ... Marta
Kym Karath ... Gretl
Anna Lee ... Sister Margaretta
Portia Nelson ... Sister Berthe
Ben Wright ... Herr Zeller
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Storyline

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often away, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become ... Written by LOTUS73

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With songs they have sung for a thousand years. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 April 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$413,497, 9 September 2018

Gross USA:

$159,287,539

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,413,574
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original German theatrical release)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)| DTS (re-release) (1995)| Dolby Digital (re-release) (1995)| SDDS (re-release) (1995)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Both Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews were offered lead roles in the Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp and Maria, respectively). Both turned the roles down; insisting there was "too much sugar" in the show. Julie Andrews even appeared in a television special with Carol Burnett, 1962's "Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall" where they spoofed the sound of music in a skit called "The Pratt Singers". And Christopher Plummer routinely made fun of Sound of Music behind the scenes; nicknaming it "S and M" and "The Sound of Mucus." In spite of this resistance, Robert Wise got them both on board. Their contributions to the show made it much more realistic; the Captain became less of a stereotype; and Julie Andrews worked with Wise to make the whole show less fake and schmaltzy; and she tried to give Maria more realistic dimensions. (She even said to Wise and the producers at one point, "How are we going to get the sugar out of this show?") The result was that the movie is very different from the 1959 Mary Martin Broadway show. The movie still got skewered by the critics for being "saccharine and phony". (Robert Wise even wondered "What did we do wrong? " in the midst of all this.) But their changes are generally considered to be a huge improvement; the movie is considered to be better than it's Broadway source material; and they helped make this one of the most successful movies of all time. If you factor in inflation and the price of tickets from 1965 vs today; this is still one of the most successful movies of all time box office wise; (second only to Gone WIth the Wind) and it is still the most successful movie musical of all time. And it even won the Oscar for best picture; in spite of the critics' pillorying! So Andrews and Plummer succeeded in making it less sugary and more accessible to the masses. (Ironically, just as Andrews and Plummer turned down the roles for being too saccharine, so did director Robert Wise turn down the director's job when they offered it to him because he thought the story was too saccharine! And a host of other A-List Hollywood directors like Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen; for the same reason! Wise had to be approached a couple times for this. It seems nobody wanted to do Sound Of Music, because everyone thought it was too saccharine! This is ironic since it turned out to be one of the most successful movies ever made!) See more »

Goofs

During Maria's 'I Have Confidence' song there is a field with a horse behind her to the right and as she continues singing she goes down a path that puts that would put that field on her right. In the next shot of her singing there is a long building on her right with no sign of the horse or field. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Maria: [singing] The hills are alive with the sound of music / With songs they have sung for a thousand years. / The hills fill my heart with the sound of music. / My heart wants to sing every song it hears.
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Crazy Credits

Salzburg, Austria, in the last Golden Days of the Thirties See more »

Alternate Versions

Home video versions usually display "Entr'acte" on screen during the overture after intermission (45th anniversary in a style matching the intermission card, 30th to 40th anniversary in roman caps over a dissolving series of landscapes, for example). Some film prints have just a blank screen for the entire overture. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Last Five Years (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Sound of Music
(1959) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Sung by Julie Andrews in a pre-credit sequence
Played during the opening and closing credits
Also performed by Christopher Plummer (dubbed by Bill Lee), Charmian Carr,
Nicholas Hammond, Heather Menzies-Urich, Duane Chase, Angela Cartwright,
Debbie Turner and Kym Karath
Reprised by them with Carr playing guitar
Played as background music often
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In My Personal Top-Ten of All Time
8 December 1998 | by dweckSee all my reviews

Has Julie Andrews ever appeared on film more beautifully than in this film? Has she ever sung with such richness and gusto as is captured here? As a big fan of hers, I can watch this musical over and over and just sigh.

Wise and his cinematographer have photographed Andrews in a manner that no other director has--even her husband. Watch the scene where Maria watches the Captain sing Edelweiss with the kids. Wise turns her into a gauzy angel. It is a fantastic moment among hundreds that this movie contains.

I am firmly in a camp that says Julie Andrews was completely, utterly, and regrettably robbed when the 1965 Oscars were handed out. She embodied Maria Von Trapp, wholly and with every fiber of her being (just watch the scene in which she races the boys in a segment of "Do-Re-Mi"; she runs at the camera with utter abandon here, no holding back. Or consider the shot at the end of this song, where she places her hand atop her head--it's as if even SHE can't believe she's hitting that note).

The Julie Christie performance that beat Andrews is now all but forgotton. "The Sound of Music," however, lives on and on.

"The Sound of Music" is a bit bittersweet for me, given that audiences tastes would soon turn away from big-budget musicals in general and Julie Andrews specifically. But what a legacy it (and she) have left!


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